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Australia’s first chair in contemporary Indian studies goes to Melbourne

The University of Melbourne is to be home to Australia’s first chair in contemporary Indian studies.

The position was announced by Louise Asher, Victoria’s minister for innovation, services and small business, during a wider state government visit to India. She said in a statement that the chair is aimed at further strengthening higher education ties between Victoria and India.

The Victorian government will fund 75 per cent of the costs of the chair, with the remaining funding to come from the university.

The first incumbent will be Anthony D’Costa, currently a professor of Indian studies at Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. He will start the role in May.